Austin-based Mike and the Moonpies are one of the hardest working bands in Texas, burning up the highways between every dancehall and dive bar in the Lone Star State. Their autobiographical new video for “Mockingbird” proves that the band comes by it honest.
The video traces lead singer Mike Harmeier’s country music upbringing. Highlights include a young Harmeier singing onstage in 1994 and fulfilling every country kid’s dream of getting a fan photo with George Strait. Filmed in Riley’s Tavern in New Braunfels, Texas, the video is chock full of 90s country memorabilia, and with good reason.
Harmeier’s father had a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of country often brought his son face to face with his musical heroes, such as Strait and Clint Black.
“My dad didn’t play music but has a wealth of knowledge about country music artists and through his involvement with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was able to rub elbows with a lot of our heroes,” Harmeier told Rolling Stone. “I feel like I’m constantly chasing that feeling that I had when I was hanging out with him and his friends.”
“Mockingbird,” the title track to Moonpies’ acclaimed 2015 album, pays tribute to Harmeier’s father and grandfather, down to their classic Wrangler pearlsnaps and faded Levis.
Mike and the Moonpies are currently on tour throughout Texas, Oklahoma and the midwest.